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's become the big talker. pbs, though, just a small fraction of the federal budget, as obama is quick to point out. so why do you think the push by romney to end the funding? >> for big bird? >> well, for pbs, sure. >> right. well, he said he was a fan of big bird, but i think he used that as an example of a federally funded organization that he believes doesn't need that taxpayer money. it certainly does well with its own private funding drives. i mean, we're forever seeing pbs funding drives, let's face it. so governor romney was just simply illustrating a point that he would be willing to cut even popular things like big bird because he doesn't see that it's a federal responsibility. >> mitt romney now says that he was wrong about that 47% comment as well. listen to this. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and queion and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case, i said something that's just completely wrong. >> president obama, surprising a lot of people by not even bringing that up in the
-part documentary. it's airing tonight on pbs, and the book is called "half the sky. our soledad o'brien spoke with the authors this morning. "new york times" columnist nicolas krzysztof and laura ladone. she was asked what the inspiration was for the book. >> well, it really started many, many years ago when we were in china, and we had found out we saw students killed on campus, which was a horrible thing, but the next year when we went to the country side, we started discovering that there were 30 million missing female girls -- female babies from the chinese population, which was a stunning number. partly -- >> 30 million? >> partly through infanticide. some mothers abort female fetuses when he they found out it's a female. we thought it was just china, and so, you know, this is -- china say big complicated country. we moved to japan, and we started discovering a lot of discrimination against women there as well in japan and korea and went down to cambodia and discovered sex trafficking. we thought this was just asia. >> you realized it's the globe. what made you focus on these women's sto
to your head. >> joining us this morning, authors of the book. the documentary airs tonight on pbs and tomorrow night as well. the book is amazing. i know richard had a chance to see the documentary. he's been raving about it for the last several days. >> so exciting to see this finally come to pass after all these years. >> when you're writing the book you talked about individual women's stories. sort of the horrors that they had to overcome. and sort of what input really helped them. "half the sky" we should mention comes from women holding up half the sky. >> a chinese saying. >> exactly. tell me little bit about what you loved about your research in the book that made you think this needs to be a documentary. >> it really started many, many years ago when we were in china. and we had found out that there were some problems in the countryside with women. we had covered tian men square. we started discovering there were 30 million missing female girls, female babies, from the chinese population. which was a stunning number. >> 30 million. >> 30 million. partly through infanticid
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